'V': The invasion begins with big ratings

v_crowd_290.jpgThe aliens of "V" didn't completely take over the TV world Tuesday night, but they established a pretty strong base.

The ABC series debuted to better than 14 million viewers -- more than all but one new show this season -- and delivered the best adults 18-49 numbers for any series premiere this fall.

"V" finished with 14.3 million viewers and a 5.2 rating in the 18-49 demo. Both numbers improved slightly on the fast national ratings from the morning (13.9 million, 5.0), and the 18-49 rating was the best of the night across all of TV. The audience grew in the second half-hour, which is generally an encouraging sign for a show.

The premiere also gave ABC its best adults 18-49 rating in the timeslot in three years, since the final performances of "Dancing with the Stars'" fall 2006 season, and the best 8 p.m. drama debut on any network since "Lost" in 2004.

Despite the big tune-in for the "V" premiere, CBS' "NCIS" remained the night's most-watched show with 20.2 million viewers (up from 19.4 million in the fast nationals). CBS also led the rest of the night in viewers, as "NCIS: LA" (15.3 million viewers) edged the "Dancing with the Stars" results show (15.05 million) and "The Good Wife" (12.7 million) trounced "The Forgotten" (7.3 million).

It will be interesting to see the seven-day DVR numbers for both "V" and "NCIS" when they're released a little later in November. "NCIS" has been adding about 2 million viewers per week this season, and as the most-watched shows also tend to be the ones that gain the most seven-day DVR viewers, it wouldn't surprise me to see "V" tack on a couple million more either.

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